Problem solving is a part of what we do and sometimes we spend way to much time doing it. What if there was a way to reduce the time you spend solving problems? Problems will always be a part of your business. Even if you have a strong problem prevention program you will still experience problems. Sometimes, because of time, limiting beliefs or preconceived opinions, we solve the problem with the wrong solution and thereby create a whole new set of problems. Sometimes we put a bandaid on a problem. Bandaids Aren’t Problem Solving.
As a business owner and also as someone who helps businesses grow, I often see very questionable actions taken on the part of business owners or presented to them. Sometimes they are rather innocuous or expensive. Sometimes a play on words without substance attracts a business owner and like a fish drawn to a lure, they strike. Thousands of dollars in worthless marketing goes out the window. I say out the window because those spending the money cannot describe or identify the slightest accurate return on those dollars. I cannot call that Return on Investment because as it turns out…it wasn’t an investment. This is very true for those who buy into the hype surrounding lead generation and the promises of many many leads for the business. In these instances, the business owner just fell for the “Lead Generation Trap”
Let’s be honest; most human beings dislike conflict. They avoid it because it makes them feel uncomfortable AND they believe it is either an affront to their authority or a sign of disharmony.
To paraphrase Gordon Gecko (Michael Douglas in the movie Wall Street), “Conflict is Good.”
Assertive communication is how we express ourselves to others in a firm yet positive way. It is different from aggressive communication. Aggressive communication is often viewed as harmful. Aggressive communication is sometimes viewed as a way of establishing individual superiority by putting others down. Some characteristics of aggressive communication are sarcasm, harsh tones (regardless of intent and condescending statements directed toward others. When individuals are feeling stressed nor overwhelmed they tend to communicate in an aggressive manner. Assertive communication, on the other hand, is a more respectful form of communication that considers our own needs while being respectful of the needs and feelings of others.
What can you do to be more assertive and less aggressive in communicating?
You’ve developed the five parts of your Simple Business Plan. You’ve talked them over, dissected and digested them. They are how you want them now. You aren’t done. You have to complete and execute your business plan. If you just complete it, you’ll be like many but not all businesses. You’ll have a business plan. If you execute the plan, you will be among those highly successful businesses that both complete and execute their business plan. Given the survival rate of businesses in the US, when you complete and execute your business plan, you can find yourself in that group of businesses with long term sustainable survival and growth.
How do you complete and execute your business plan?